Has Donald Trump Ruined Journalism? – Slate Magazine

Matt Taibbi: Let’s put it this way: Even in the best circumstances, campaign journalism tends to be pretty shallow. We tend not to get into too many very serious issues. There are a whole range of issues that we just don’t cover at all, like poverty, inequality, pollution, and things like that. Typically, what happens is the discourse in campaign journalism devolves into the fairly trivial: It’s a popularity contest, it’s discussions about electability, it’s the horse race, and so on. In this case, the entire focus of everybody who covers the election is just Trump’s antics, and the entire question of how people are going to vote in this race has been reduced to Trump is crazy, and you’re either crazy for supporting him, or you’re not crazy and you’re voting against him. You’re either for him or against him.


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